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Al Qaeda’s Prominent Recruit Trump: New Anti-Syria Attack

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Al Qaeda’s prominent recruit, President Donald J. Trump has unleashed another massive anti-Syria propaganda attack.  On Monday morning, 15 May, Fox & Friends anchor cum State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert thanked the media for their assemblage ”quickly.”  In her introduction of Stuart Jones, Ass. Sec. of the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Nauert claimed Jones would be releasing “newly declassified reporting.”

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Al Qaeda’s prominent recruit, Trump ordered an urgent meeting with msm.

Al Qaeda’s prominent recruit Trump appears to have self-radicalized on 4 April.  On that date, for the US President, fake news! CNN abruptly became Moses on the mount, and the lies of the Brit illegal in Syria — a man embedded with Jabhat al Nusra in Khan Sheikhoun, a man indicted for terrorism, a man whose medical license was revoked — were etched in stone.

Nauert’s introduction of Jones included some odd braying about the recent Tillerson-Lavrov meeting.  She said that Russia and the US have the “same goals” for Syria, “a unified and stable nation.”  She did not mention that Syria was unified and stable prior to the NATO imposed conspiracy to destroy the country.  As for the “newly declassified reporting,” after three readings of the transcript, it remains elusive, as the quickly assembled media is using a February photo as their featured, in reporting:

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February.

Though the above February shot has the look of satellite imagery, the 15 May re-share describes it as “forensic architecture.”  Forensic architecture is playing doll house with digital graphics.  The site is reputedly the Syrian prison, Saydnaya.  

Et voila! Reportedly “declassified,” but appearing to be the same.

The urgency of al Qaeda’s prominent recruit Trump, to discharge a new barrage of anti-Syria propaganda proved to be too much pressure on Jones, who literally choked on his lies, and had to apologize for his coughing.  Jones’ critical statement was pretty much an inventory of criminal propaganda against Syria — which has consistently projected the atrocities of the terrorists onto the  government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

The facts we’re presenting today are based on reporting from international and local nongovernmental organizations, press reporting, and also Intelligence Community assessments. — Stuart Jones, saying there are no facts, just stuff that people who hate Syria are saying. This is what US ”intelligence” has become.

Every country in the world has prisons, because every country in the world has criminals, some of whom actually get convicted after their trials.  This is a bit too much for the inherent colonialist mind; despite non-stop police shows from Hollywood, this colonialist mindset is always amenable to eating propaganda nonsense against countries we wish to destroy.  Crime becomes irrelevant in propaganda reporting:  Rami Abdulrahman was a convicted felon in Syria, who escaped another trial by ‘fleeing’ to the UK (more than a decade ago), where he was remade from felon to ‘political prisoner,’ and given lots of money from Brit intelligence to create the ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rites,’ which in turn is used as an authority by NATO-run msm.  Similarly, the convicted drug dealer Ahmed al Jarba was transformed.

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In 2014, convicted drug dealer was made ‘president’ of the NATO-run ‘Syrian National Council’

Additionally, in these paradoxical Utopias — under threat of destruction by the US/UK/France genocide triplets — not only is there no crime, but the jails are all the personal property of the demonized head of state, and each is one of his most notorious.

In was in early February, that Amnesty — a leader in what Cory Morningstar has named The Non-Profit Industrial Complex — attempted this propaganda campaign against Syria.  Its geopolitical meshugas creation came as a result of a Syrian criminal being arrested.  Abdulhadi Kamel had issued an apology to his country, for having been duped into joining the terrorist White Helmets.  In an effort to un-sully the terrorists, Amnesty claimed he was a political prisoner, probably being held in this jail.

The underlying purpose of this campaign…is to find a common base upon which the idealists of the world can cooperate…it matters more to harness the enthusiasm of the helpers than to bring people out of prison.  With regard to the latter, as a friend pointed out to me, the real martyrs prefer to suffer, and, as I would add, the real saints are no worse off in prison than elsewhere on this earth, for they cannot be prevented by stone or bars from spiritual conversation.  From this last point stems the motto of the campaign, ‘The Truth Will Set You Free.’  Those whom the Amnesty Appeal primarily aims to free are the men and women imprisoned by cynicism, and doubt. — Brit ‘attorney’ and Amnesty founder, manipulative Peter Benenson, in 1961

It launched a petition campaign to have Kamel released, and issued a policy paper condemning the Syrian prison, despite its own admission of never having visited it.  The paper plagiarized from a report on a slaughterhouse found in Aleppo, after the city was liberated from terrorist occupation.  Amnesty’s rancid lies went so far as to claim Syria’s Grand Mufti — again, with zero evidence — was the overseer of mass executions at Saydenya prison.

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John Mesler, of Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun: “A gentle man of peace and integrity.”

Not surprising, the money-making propaganda NP made no mention of the fact that one of the Mufti’s son’s — a student, not involved in politics — was assassinated with his professor, in an ambush  by criminals who belong in prison.

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Even The Independent, notorious for anti-Syria propaganda, attested to the noble character of this man.

Again, it must be pointed out that the mouthpiece of al Qaeda’s prominent recruit, self-radicalized Trump, offered nothing remotely resembling evidence, nothing “declassified” or otherwise.  Instead, he brayed about the desire to impose the fascist UNSCR 2254 against the Syrian people.  Instead, he bleated about the fraudulent “caesar” photos funded by the terrorist absolute monarchy, Qatar.  With no evidence, he stated that the prison cells built to hold five, were jammed with 70.   Does this absurdity never end?  It is impossible for a room built for five to cram in seventy.

Instead, Ass. Secretary Jones added a fake crematorium to the fake photos of the Saydayna prison — which houses criminals:  “We now believe that [Syria] has installed a crematorium in the Saydnaya prison complex…” (emphasis added).  Part of this belief comes from a rare Syrian winter snow, having actually melted!!! — on 15 January 2017.  

Related msm moist frenzy throughout the day, demanded to know if al Qaeda’s prominent recruit, Trump, was now going to murder Syrian soldiers, again — or, minimally, if the crematorium that does not exist was going to be bombed (the skinny-lipped Spicer played coquette in  his non-answer).  Among other bits of non-evidence culled from human rights activists such as Jahbat al Nusra, noted in Jones’ statement:

  • a “probable” “discharge stack”
  • a “probable” “firewall”
  • a “probable” “air intake”

These “probable” unthings “would be consistent if they were building a crematorium.”  Crematorium is a chilling word, bringing to mind horrific things.  Strangely, not brought to mind when this word was ejaculated, were the Syrians baked in the industrial ovens of Adra, by FSA criminal death squads, December 2013.

Toujours des anamoles…a US press conference concerning itself with another country’s prison, and no reporter mentions Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo.

Strangely, also not brought to mind with the chilling thought of death by fire, are the UK/US Dresden Firebombing massacres of 1945.  A photograph of some of the 130,000 German civilians massacred in the non-military firebombings:

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Is al Qaeda’s prominent recruit projecting?

Ass. Secretary Jones did not have time to answer the one important question of the lying press conference:  ” — on ending the attacks against the opposition, does this include ISIS and al-Nusra?”

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Reporter, State Dept., al Qaeda prominent recruit all consider ISIS and al Nusra “opposition”?

The why of al Qaeda’s prominent recruit, self radicalized Donald J. Trump waited from February to May to do a really cheap lipstick on a pig makeover, was quickly answered.  Trump probably has a financial interest in the refreshment stand that will be open for movie night at the UN incestuous offspring NGO — UN Association of New York.  As part of the UN’s commitment to being a “place to demolish peace and security, to destabilize societies,”  this progeny will hold a screening of the anti-Syria propaganda flick, “Syria’s Disappeared.”

This is the film of two former BBC employees. In his pre- al Qaeda prominent recruit PEOTUS days, Trump once accurately — and caustically — called this corporation “another beauty!”

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Various national msm ran previews of the movie, possibly the bestest being from Yahoo!  This tends toward that which is apt, as the braying yahoos were the human-like creatures that Gulliver met in the Country of the Houyhnhnms.  Gulliver described the garbage-eating yahoos as “the most filthy, noisome, and deformed animals which nature ever produced.”

Will al Qaeda’s prominent recruit have a front row seat, while he ponders murdering more Syrians?

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— Miri Wood, RNc

Postscript:  The Yahoo! author shows a hint of impressive wordsmanship.  Before quickly moving into the ham-fisted anti-Syria propaganda, he describes the post BBC production star as getting arrested “…while sipping tea…” (and then spending 18 months in one of those “most notorious” jails).  According to the main character’s Facebook profile, he now resides in the Netherlands, and formerly worked for Schlumberger, the French-Dutch-Anglo-American international.   This main character appears to have been cast for his androgynous, cachectic, and profound look of terminal illness — none of which could be explained from having been “tortured,” as the human body has the phenomenal ability to return itself to a standard of a healthy look, despite even gunshot wounds and massive fist-pounding.

 

Related hyperlinked readings on anti-Syria emotional war pornography (including pre- and post al Qaeda prominent recruit, self radicalized POTUS, Trump):

Nominee for emotional war porn with child.

CNN’s dramatic concern for US mercenary/illegal in Aleppo.

Mourning over the lasts terrorists of Aleppo.

Propagation of GB hoax that ignores kidnapped Syrians murdered  for snuff porn.

Terrorist daddy who had to bury thousands of his immediate family, with his bare hands, including his dead brother who may have shot down a helicopter and then jumped onto a corpse, before taking the “Erdoganstan Express.”

Caleb Maupin explains that the inherent goodness of humanity is what makes people easy prey to war propaganda:

 

 

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Human Rights and the Arrogance of Power

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By Brian CLOUGHLEY | Strategic Culture Foundation 

International policy statements sometimes attract attention because they deal with serious matters, such as human rights, concerning which an important speech was made to the UN Security Council on April 18 by US Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Ambassador Haley declared that «When a state begins to systematically violate human rights, it is a sign, it is a red flag, it’s a blaring siren – one of the clearest possible indicators that instability and violence may follow and spill across borders». She singled out Burma, Cuba, Burundi, Iran, North Korea and Syria for censure and urged the nations of the world to adopt a policy of «standing for human rights before the absence of human rights forces us to react».

So it seems that the United States wishes to lead the world in penalizing countries judged guilty of violating human rights, which is a principled and admirable stance.

It is appalling that so many countries have no «respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion» as laid down in the UN Charter and quoted poignantly by Ambassador Haley. And one most effective action that human rights-abiding governments could take to ensure that offending countries would cease their hideous abuses against their citizens would be to end all cooperation with them because, as she observed, «It’s past time that we dedicate ourselves to promoting peace, security, and human rights».

We must agree with Ambassador Haley, because it is indeed «past time» that the United States dedicated itself to promoting peace. Perhaps it has been recognised that the United States failed to do that by invading Iraq, blitzing Libya, and engaging in its longest-ever war, still being waged in Afghanistan. In addition to killing many thousands of innocent people these conflicts created millions of refugees, while radicalizing citizens of all strata and resulting in expansion of Islamic State terrorism.

Then Ambassador Haley rightly warned that «if this Council fails to take human rights violations and abuses seriously, they can escalate into real threats to international peace and security», and we must hope that this message struck home around the world.

Many countries are guilty of human rights violations, as documented in the US State Department’s Human Rights Report of March 3, but it was intriguing that, contrary to long-established custom, the Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, did not present the report in person in spite of Ambassador Haley’s emphasis on the importance of «standing for human rights» and his declaration that «our values are our interests when it comes to human rights».

But when the Report is examined in detail it is obvious why Secretary Tillerson was reluctant to enthuse about his Department’s findings, because some of them don’t fit in with public pronouncements concerning the essentiality of human rights in all countries.

One inconsistency concerns Turkey whose President Erdogan recently won a referendum granting him almost total power. The first head of state to congratulate him was President Trump «shortly after international monitors delivered a harsh verdict on the referendum on constitutional changes. They found that the opposition campaign had been restricted and media coverage was imbalanced, and that the electoral authority had unfairly changed the rules after polls had opened». Further, Mr Trump’s State Department reported that «multiple articles in the penal code directly restrict press freedom and free speech» while «the government continued to prosecute at least one judge and four prosecutors involved in pursuing charges in connection with a major corruption scandal in 2013 that involved then prime minister Erdogan, his children, and close political advisors and business associates».

Other than Mr Trump, not many heads of state congratulated Erdogan, but one who did was King Salman of Saudi Arabia where violations of human rights include «citizens’ lack of the ability and legal means to choose their government; restrictions on universal rights, such as freedom of expression, including on the internet, and the freedoms of assembly, association, movement, and religion; and pervasive gender discrimination and lack of equal rights that affected most aspects of women’s lives». This oppressive dictatorship is valued by Washington for «playing an important leadership role in working toward a peaceful and prosperous future for the region», while being «the United States’ largest foreign military sales customer, with nearly $100 billion in active cases».

Saudi Arabia enjoys «close friendship and cooperation» with the United States although it is recorded by the State Department that «civil law does not protect human rights, including freedom of speech and the press», and Ambassador Haley declares that «When a state begins to systematically violate human rights, it is a sign, it is a red flag, it’s a blaring siren…»

Then there is another valued ally of the United States, Bahrain, whose king is also an autocrat with «the power to amend the constitution and to propose, ratify, and promulgate laws». His penal code specifies penalties of «no less than one year and no more than seven years in prison, plus a fine, for anyone who ‘offends the monarch of the Kingdom of Bahrain’». His country «plays a key role in regional security architecture and is a vital US partner in defence initiatives» as the base for the US Navy’s nuclear-armed Fifth Fleet which demonstrates US military power in the Persian Gulf.

The State Department records reports of «torture, abuse, and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment» in Bahrain, while «societal discrimination continued against the Shia population, as did other forms of discrimination based on gender, religion, and nationality». These are exactly the sort of tyrannical human rights’ abuses denounced so vehemently by Ambassador Haley who described the United States as «the moral conscience of the world».

There are complications, however, in ordering Bahrain’s ruler to cease torture and other inhuman punishment because, as Bloomberg reported, there were two related developments on March 29. First, the commander US Central Command, General Joseph Votel, told a Congressional Committee that «foreign arms sales to allies shouldn’t be burdened with preconditions tied to human rights because they could damage military-to-military ties» and singled out Bahrain as an example. Then «the State Department told Congress it backs the sale of 19 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to Bahrain [for $2.7 billion] without preconditions on improved human rights previously demanded by the Obama administration».

And suddenly the country with «the moral conscience of the world» looks a trifle off-balance, because you (as an individual, a nation or an international organisation) can’t have it both ways. Either you condemn human rights abuses totally and unconditionally, or you accept them in like manner. It is a moral travesty to accept a little bit of torture or a morsel of gender discrimination. For example, how much torture is permissible? One shriek or two?

It should be heart-warming to hear the ambassador of the United States to the United Nations delivering ethical lectures in the Security Council about how other countries should behave in regard to human rights. But it isn’t much good preaching about human rights and then embracing a policy conveying the message that if a country has «strong military ties» with the United States then it is of no consequence if it persists in «torture, abuse, and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment» of its citizens. It is bizarre that that any such country can continue to enjoy «close friendship and cooperation» with the United States.

This isn’t just hypocrisy. It is a most regrettable example of the arrogance of power.

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100 US Senators Want Nazi High Crimes Suppressed

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100 US Senators Want Israeli High Crimes Suppressed

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By Stephen Lendman 

In an April 27 letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, all US senators demanded the world body ignore Israeli high crimes, calling truth-telling “anti-Semiti(c).”

“Too often, the UN is exploited as a vehicle for targeting Israel,” they said.

Fact: Much more needs to be done to hold Israel accountable for high crimes of war and against humanity – for decades of ruthlessly persecuting Palestinians, for committing slow-motion genocide, for attacking its neighbors.

The letter quoted neocon US UN envoy Nikki Haley, saying “(i)t is the UN’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change” – an outrageous perversion of truth.

The senators praised the world body “for disavowing” the important Richard Falk/Virginia Tilley report, calling Israel a racist apartheid regime – “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The entire US Senate urged the UN “to improve (its) treatment of Israel…” It demands no world body support for the vital global BDS initiative – or any other actions hostile to Israeli interests.

It wants information about its human rights abuses suppressed. It demands support for US interests. It calls truth-telling anti-Israeli “bias.”

All 100 US senators disgracefully signed the letter. Washington and Israel partner in each other’s high crimes – a ruthless axis of evil threatening humanity.

Last week, Haley accused the world body of holding “Israel-bashing sessions.” Ignoring US wars in multiple theaters, she lied claiming “Iran is using Hezbollah to advance its regional aspirations.”

“They are working together to expand extremist ideologies in the Middle East. That is a threat that should be dominating our discussion at the Security Council.”

Iran threatens no one. Neither does Hezbollah. Haley turned truth on its head. So did Tillerson days earlier, irresponsibly accusing Tehran of “alarming ongoing provocations” to destabilize regional countries.

Iranian UN envoy Gholamali Khoshroo debunked his remarks, calling them “misleading propaganda…”

Last week Washington asked which Middle East countries benefit from regional chaos, “and what are the connections between terrorist groups and these states?”

Israel, of course, benefits most. So does America by its belligerent presence in a part of the world not its own – waging endless wars of aggression, supporting terrorist groups it created, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing all sovereign independent governments.

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Roger Waters has lost millions by standing up for Palestine–but he doesn’t care

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By Adam Garrie | The Duran 

Roger Waters, the primary composer and lyricist of Pink Floyd during their most prominent years has for decades, used his music  to convey a message of peace and humanity. He has typically got it right and occasionally gets it wrong.

One issue he has got totally right is the issue of Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israeli war, occupation and economic blockade. For over ten years, Waters has made the issue of Palestinian freedom a central point in his music and accompanying dramatic stage shows.

Waters is part of the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement which encourages individuals to boycott Israeli products and tourism. Waters uses his status as a ‘music legend’  to highlight the plight of Palestinians. In 2012 he spoke at the United Nations on the issue. He frequently pens open letters to fellow musicians asking them to refrain from performing in Israel until a meaningful peace settlement is reached.

Waters is a perfect example of how the media-industrial complex punishes individuals who do not fit the tired stereotype of a veteran rock star.

Late last year, a grossly under-reported story explained how American Express ditched a planned sponsorship deal with Waters for his 2017 tour in a move which was said to be worth $4 million.

American Express like any other company has the right to refuse sponsoring any individual or organisation however they see fit. But in doing so, American Express has shown that they are willing to sponsor events of every variety including politically charged music performances by Beyonce.

Why then is American Express put-off by Roger Waters’ embrace of the Palestinian movement?

Are they opposed to Waters’ calls to end the starvation and medical deprivation of Palestinian children?

Are they opposed to Waters’ pleas for justice and democracy for Christians, Muslims and Jews in the region?

Are they appalled by his anti-war message?

Where many celebrities use anodyne political causes to enhance their status, I can see no evidence that Waters has profited from his endorsement of Palestine. Quite the contrary is true. It seems that his message of peace for everyone and hatred for no one has cost him millions.

Waters described the situation in his music industry in the following way,

“My industry has been particularly recalcitrant in even raising a voice (against Israel). There’s me and Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Manic Street Preachers, one or two others, but there’s nobody in the United States where I live. I’ve talked to a lot of them, and they are scared shitless.

If they say something in public they will no longer have a career. They will be destroyed. I’m hoping to encourage some of them to stop being frightened and to stand up and be counted, because we need them. We need them desperately in this conversation in the same way we needed musicians to join protesters over Vietnam”.

The fact is that most musicians neither win nor lose the majority of their fan-base because of politics. The fact is that most people buy albums and concert tickets based on the fact that they like the sound of a song or enjoy singing along with the lyrics, even if they’re hardly paying attention to what the lyrics mean.

But for those who do care, the reaction to Waters’ Palestine politics is shocking. If Waters was advocating for genocide, cruelty, hatred or imperialism, I would agree that his concerts should be boycotted. But the fact that he is advocating for precisely the opposite of the aforementioned things makes the position of American Express seem not only extreme, but illogical.

Roger Waters is being punished for free speech on a subject that ought not to be controversial. The fact that some find it controversial demonstrates how low and beastly the nature of modern debates about human rights have become. No innocent people deserve to be suppressed, repressed and occupied, but that is exactly what is happening to the Palestinians and it has been happening for decades.

I personally disagreed with Roger Waters’ statements about Donald Trump and I also disagreed with his characterisation of Leonid Brezhnev on the otherwise stellar 1983 Pink Floyd album The Final Cut. But at no time would I seek to shut down Waters’ free speech or his ability to peacefully perform what millions consider to be important pieces of music in a peaceful and safe environment.

American Express has shamed its own reputation by treating Roger Waters in the way they have done. Roger Waters remains undeterred and will continue to tour his new show across the world.

As someone who has seen Waters perform many times, I highly recommend it, even for those who disagree with his views but enjoy a challenge.

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Pimping for ‘Israel’ Remains Undiminished Since UN Report Branded It an Apartheid State

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By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune 

In the UK you can start a petition on the Government website. If it reaches 10,000 signatures you get a response from the Government. If it tops 100,000 it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Currently there’s a petition saying the UK must apologise for the Balfour Declaration and lead peace efforts in Palestine. “We call on Her Majesty’s Government to openly apologise to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration. The colonial policy of Britain between 1917-1948 led to mass displacement of the Palestinian nation. HMG should recognise its role during the Mandate and now must lead attempts to reach a solution that ensures justice for the Palestinian people.”

The Government’s response is unhelpful to say the least:

“The Balfour Declaration is an historic statement for which HMG does not intend to apologise. We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel. The task now is to encourage moves towards peace…

“Establishing a homeland for the Jewish people in the land to which they had such strong historical and religious ties was the right and moral thing to do… We recognise that the Declaration should have called for the protection of political rights of the non-Jewish communities in Palestine, particularly their right to self-determination. However, the important thing now is to look forward and establish security and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians through a lasting peace. We believe the best way to achieve this is through a two-state solution: a negotiated settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on the 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states, and a just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for refugees.

“We believe that such negotiations will only succeed when they are conducted between Israelis and Palestinians…. If both parties show bold leadership, peace is possible. The UK is ready to do all it can to support this goal.”

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office

I wonder what bureaucratic nitwit wrote that. They’ve been spouting nonsense about “a two-state solution: a negotiated settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state” for decades and they know full well that it won’t happen without forcing measures. International law has spoken and waits to be implemented. World powers, if they truly respect the rule of law, must mobilise and apply it without fear or favour. Many experts are now saying that the international community’s conniving inaction has allowed Israel to establish enough ‘facts on the ground’ to make their illegal occupation permanent.

Note also the crude bias: “a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state”. No safety and security for Palestine, no sir! Just threadbare viability.

And who – ignoring all reports to the contrary – praised Israel recently for being “a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance” and said that the British government will be marking the centenary of the infamous Balfour Declaration later this year “with pride”? And who has invited the arch war criminal Netanyahu to the celebrations? None other than Britain’s prime minister Theresa May, the daughter of an Anglican priest and a regular churchgoer. What does that say about this righteous lady’s real values, real standards, and real concerns for the endless misery inflicted on her Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by Israel with its military boot on their necks?

And who hurriedly declared the Shai Masot affair “closed” after Masot, an employee of the Israeli embassy and probably a Mossad asset, plotted with gullible British MPs and political hangers-on to “take down” senior government figures? That’s right,  the Foreign Office and Boris Johnson, the UK’s clownish Foreign Secretary: “The UK has a strong relationship with Israel and we consider the matter closed,” they announced.

Meanwhile in the latest show of just how far how truth and freedom of expression have become subservient to Jewish sensibilities the Liberal Democrats have barred their former MP David Ward from standing for the party in the coming general election after its leader, Tim Farron, said his comments about Jews had been “deeply offensive, wrong and antisemitic”.

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Ward has ‘form’ in defying the Israel lobby. Yet he was selected by his local party to stand again for the seat he held from 2010 until 2015. But after criticism from Theresa May in the House of Commons and a meeting of senior LibDem officials, Farron said: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.”

Why is David Ward “unfit”? What exactly was his (alleged) crime?

Four years ago I reported that the Liberal Democrat leadership threw a mighty wobbly when Ward made this remark on his website: “I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”

Goaded by the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who complained that Ward’s remarks “deliberately abused the memory of the Holocaust” and were “sickening” and “offensive”, the party’s Chief Whip, Alistair Carmichael, agreed they were “wholly inappropriate” and that singling out ‘the Jews’ in that way crossed a red line.

Ward, who had visited Palestine and seen the truth for himself, was treated like a delinquent. Party leader Nick Clegg ordered him to work alongside the party’s Friends of Israel “to identify and agree language that will be proportionate and precise” in future debate. Disciplinary steps would then be reviewed.  Ward subsequently received a letter from Carmichael withdrawing the whip (i.e. suspending him from the parliamentary party). According to Sky News Carmichael wrote: “As we have sought to impress upon you repeatedly, we are having to decide on whether language you chose to use… is language which brings the party into disrepute or harms the interests of the Party.”

Carmichael banged on about the need for language that was proportionate and precise and how Ward’s language caused “considerable offence rather than addressing questions of political substance about the plight of the Palestinian people and the right of Israel’s citizens to live a life free of violence”. He claimed Ward misrepresented the views of the party. “We put it to you that your most recent statement – which specifically questions the continuing existence of the State of Israel – is neither proportionate nor precise.”

Carmichael’s reprimand plumbed new depths of stupidity where he said: “We have given you every opportunity to reconcile the expression of your views with the party’s policy on a two-state solution… the two-state solution for which the party has long argued.” Carmichael and Clegg, and especially Farron, really need to watch this video by Miko Peled. Same goes for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Peled is an Israeli Jew, the son of an Israeli general, and a former soldier in the Israeli army. You couldn’t find a more authentic insider source. He confirms in suitably proportionate and precise language what many others have been saying for years. Here’s a flavour.

“The name of the game: erasing Palestine, getting rid of the people and de-Arabizing the country…

“When people talk about the possibility of Israel somehow giving up the West Bank for a Palestinian state, if it wasn’t so sad it would be funny. It shows a complete misunderstanding of the objective of Zionism and the Zionist state.

“By 1993 the Israelis had achieved their mission to make the conquest of the West Bank irreversible. By 1993 the Israeli government knew for certain that a Palestinian state could not be established in the West Bank – the settlements were there, $ billions were invested, the entire Jordan River valley was settled… there was no place any more for a Palestinian state to be established. That is when Israel said, OK, we’ll begin negotiations…”

Peled also describes the Israeli army, in which he served, as “one of the best trained and best equipped and best fed terrorist organisations in the world.”

As for his punishment, Ward claimed his views were widely shared. “I will not apologise for describing the state of Israel as an apartheid state. I don’t know how you can describe it as anything else.”

Farron’s bully-boy tactics are completely at odds with the opinion of top legal experts who were recently asked for their views by Free Speech on Israel, Independent Jewish Voices, Jews for Justice for Palestinians and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. In a nutshell, those in public life cannot behave in a manner inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides for freedom of expression and applies not only to information or ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive, but also to those that “offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population”.

There is a further obligation to allow all concerned in public debate “to express their opinions and ideas without fear, even if these opinions and ideas are contrary to those defended by the official authorities or by a large part of public opinion, or even if those opinions and ideas are irritating or offensive to the public”.

What’s more, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights says that everyone has the right to freedom of expression including “freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”

Also, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says the same sort of thing, subject of course to the usual limitations required by law and respect for the rights of others.

Farron and his handlers have no excuse for treating David Ward like this. The big question-mark hangs over Farron himself, as to whether he’s fit to represent the LibDems let alone lead them.

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Pyongyang slams ‘Israel’ as ‘disturber of peace armed with illegal nukes under US patronage’

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North Korea has accused the Jewish Nazi regime of being the “only illegal possessor” of nukes and threat to peace in the Middle East, and threatened Tel Aviv with a “thousand-fold punishment” after Nazi Defense Minister called Pyongyang’s leadership a “crazy and radical group.”

In an interview with Hebrew news site Walla this week, Nazi Avigdor Lieberman stated that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is a “madman” in charge of a “crazy and radical group” which is “undermining global stability.”

Pyongyang “seems to have crossed the red line with its recent nuclear tests,” the Nazi defense minister said, according to the Times of Israel.

In response, Pyongyang promised a “thousand-fold punishment to whoever dares hurt the dignity of its supreme leadership,” calling Nazi Lieberman’s “sordid and wicked” remarks a part of Nazi regime smear campaign to cover up its own crimes.

Firing back at the perceived hypocrisy, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that, unlike the Jewish Nazi regime, which is a “disturber of peace” in its neighborhood, their country is fully entitled to seek deterrence against “US aggression.”

“Israel is the only illegal possessor of nukes in the Middle East under the patronage of the US. However, Israel vociferated about the nuclear deterrence of the DPRK, slandering it, whenever an opportunity presented itself,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said, as cited by state-run agency KCNA.

While Nazi regime has never publicly confirmed or denied possessing nukes, it is universally believed to have dozens of warheads, and maintains ambiguous policy that it will not be the first to “introduce” them in the Middle East.

“The DPRK’s access to nuclear weapons is the legitimate exercise of its righteous right for self-defense to cope with the US provocative moves for aggression and the DPRK’s nuclear force is the treasured sword of justice firmly defending peace on the Korean peninsula and in the region,”  the North Korean statement added.

Pyongyang went on to call ‘Israel’ a “culprit of crimes against humanity” and an “occupier” which seeks to dominate the region and oppress Palestinians.

Nazi Lieberman’s remarks also sparked criticism at home, with some Nazi politicians noting that their country has enough enemies to create even more with such reckless statements.

“We have enough enemies. Let’s focus on them,” MP Shelly Yachimovich of the Zionist Union said on Twitter.

“The minister of talk is chattering irresponsibly about North Korea. And there is no prime minister to rein in the babbling and posturing ministers,” former defense minister Nazi Moshe Ya’alon wrote on Twitter, Times of Israel reports.

Already heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated further on Saturday after the North conducted yet another failed test of its ballistic rocket technology. The test was conducted as US kicked off joint naval exercises with South Korea just after the US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Carl Vinson entered the Sea of Japan.

For some time now, it has been speculated that Pyongyang is also getting ready to conduct its sixth nuclear test. Speaking about North Korea on Saturday, Trump noted that neither China nor the US would welcome a further North Korean nuclear test.

“I would not be happy,” Trump said in a CBS interview for Sunday’s Face the Nation. When asked if the sixth Korean nuclear test would prompt American military action, Trump responded: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”

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Challenging Racism isn’t Anti-Semitic

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By Yves Engler | Dissident Voice 

Weirdly, even some self-declared “anti-fascists” who claim to be intent on “punching Nazis” get uncomfortable when you criticize the Jewish Defense League.

In an incident akin to Canadians organizing to thwart freedom riders during the US civil rights movement, the Toronto-based JDL organized a mob that attacked protesters at last month’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington DC. Over the past decade the JDL has built itself up by aggressively harassing pro-Palestinian activists in Toronto, which has won them active or passive support from much of the Jewish establishment, dominant media and the city’s broader power structure. As I was slandered for discussing in a previous article, JDL Toronto is now seeking to export their extremist ideology to the USA and is building neo-fascist alliances focused on bashing Muslims in Toronto.

Until recently liberals largely treated JDL thuggery with kid gloves. For many years the former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Bernie Farber, gave the group political cover. The same can be said for former Canada-Israel Committee board member Warren Kinsella, who spoke at a JDL meeting in 2009. These prominent liberals supported JDL intimidation of Palestinian solidarity activists. But, they are now uncomfortable with the group’s racism against Canadian Muslims and ties to other more marginal white supremacist groups such as the English Defence League and Soldiers of Odin.

Incredibly, some people on the “left” also seem to share this opinion. Alex Hundert says it’s anti-Semitic to challenge the JDL if you’re not Jewish or Muslim. In response to my article on the JDL, he tweeted “If ur neither jewish nor muslim, and obsessed w@JDLCanada, ur definitely an anti-Semite.” He added that “a small group of Kahanist [JDL] extremists banding together can’t b excuse for Engler to target Jewish ‘Establishment.’” And to make sure no one was confused about his opinion of my article he slandered me directly, writing “I wish I had the energy to actually take on antisemites like Engler.”

Two weeks earlier some other self-described leftists became similarly defensive when an activist posted a picture in an anti-racist Facebook group of a man wearing a JDL jacket with their arm around somebody in a Soldiers of Odin jacket. A tag was added to the picture of the Toronto rally saying, “JDL and Soldiers of Odin: this has the making of a hilarious sitcom.”

A number of individuals in the forum criticized making light of the growing alliance between the JDL and Soldiers of Odin as a threat to Jews, not to the Muslims or People of Colour mostly targeted by those groups. One person wrote, “I feel really uncomfortable about this being made into a joke. … as a Jew this is less hilarious to me and more shameful – and scary, because it gives leftists ammunition against Jews and puts us in further danger.” Another individual on the private leftist anti-racism forum wrote, “this is exactly what i was afraid of – now in order to be considered one of the ‘good jews’ i have to repudiate the JDL loudly and vocally and make sure no one thinks i’m a zionist, or else no one on the left will protect me.”

While sympathetic to individuals working out their conflicted loyalties and testing their political positions, it is important to note no one was asked to “repudiate” anything in the Facebook group. And it should go without saying that anti-racist leftists would have no qualms denouncing an organization the FBI labeled “a right-wing terrorist group” in 2001.

Sensitivity towards criticism of the JDL undermines both Palestinian solidarity activism and work to counter the group’s role in rekindling fascism in the city.

But perhaps people are confused by their limited knowledge of history. Weren’t Jews the victims of fascism? It’s counter-intuitive that Jews – though some leading members of the JDL may not be Jewish – would play an important role in reviving white supremacist/fascist politics in Toronto.

But, historically, some Jews did support and even help build the original fascism. In A History of Fascism, 1914–1945 Stanley Payne writes:

The Fascist movement was itself disproportionately Jewish — that is, Jews made up a greater proportion of the party at all stages of its history than of the Italian population as a whole. Five of the 191 sansepolcristi who had founded the movement in 1919 had been Jewish, 230 Jewish Fascists had participated in the March on Rome, and by 1938 the party had 10,215 adult Jewish members.

Labeling Margherita Sarfatti “The Jewish Mother of Fascism”, Ha’aretz described Benito Mussolini’s favoured and most influential mistress this way:

The aristocratic, intellectual and ambitious wife of wealthy Zionist lawyer Cesare Sarfatti, and mother of their three children, did not only share her bed with Il Duce. She also helped him forge and implement the fascist idea; she contributed advice — and Sullivan says, money — to help organize the 1922 March on Rome in which Mussolini seized power.

Additionally, Francisco Franco received support from many Moroccan Jews when he sought to oust Spain’s Republican government in 1936 and some prominent figures in Portugal’s small Jewish community backed António de Oliveira Salazar. Early on a small number of German Jewish fascists even backed Hitler. The Association of German National Jews, for instance, supported the Nazis.

Hitler’s efforts to eliminate European Jewry obviously discredited fascism in the eyes of most Jews. But, Israeli politics has seen a surge of supremacist neo-fascism in recent years, which has strengthened the JDL in Toronto.

Another explanation for why people don’t associate Jews with fascism/white supremacy is a perception that Jews are an “oppressed community”, as Anne Frank Center director Steven Goldstein recently put it on Democracy Now. But, Canadian Jews are widely viewed as white and the community is well integrated into Toronto’s power structures. Possibly the best placed of any in the world, the Toronto Jewish community faces little economic or political discrimination and has above average levels of education and income.

As such, a militant group ‘representing’ Toronto Jewry would tend to be “supremacist” rather than “defensive”. To understand this point it may help to consider similar types of groups/actions.

No matter one’s opinion about their tactics, it wasn’t supremacist when Montréal feminists aggressively disrupted Roosh V last year since the “pro-rape” blogger crassly reinforces patriarchy. Ditto for a Black Panther Party patrol. The English Defence League, on the other hand, is a supremacist organization because those it claims to be “defending” – white, English, people – actually dominate that country.

Considering their minority religious status, the history of anti-Jewish prejudice and continued cultural (if not structural) anti-Semitism, the “supremacist” character of the JDL isn’t as clear-cut as in the case of the EDL. But, when it comes to the Palestinian struggle the JDL is an entirely supremacist organization. On that issue the JDL acts as the thuggish tool of the Israeli nationalist Jewish establishment, which themselves operate within a decidedly pro-Israel Canadian political culture.

Despite film of JDL thugs beating a 55-year-old Palestinian professor and a younger Jewish activist, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs couldn’t bring itself to criticize the attacks. CIJA spokesperson Martin Sampson responded to a National Post inquiry by simply stating, “the approach adopted by the JDL is not reflective of the mainstream Canadian Jewish community.”

But, where does the JDL get its funds? Why has it been allowed to march in Toronto’s annual Walk with Israel? Why has it been allowed to recruit in Jewish schools? CIJA, B’nai B’rith and the other Zionist organizations that have enabled the JDL should be pressed to answer for its violence.

Palestinian solidarity activists should also exploit the tension between those who back the JDL’s anti-Palestinian posture, but oppose its alliances with fascist/white supremacist organizations. We must consistently point out that if you are against all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism, you must oppose all forms of fascism. History points to where that leads.

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Zionist Ya’alon Admits Tacit Nazi-ISIS Alliance

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American Herald Tribune 

International media outlets have already reported extensively on Israeli commandos’ missions inside Syria to rescue wounded militants but a senior regime official’s acknowledgement of a link with ISIS is unprecedented.

Moshe Ya’alon’s explosive revelation came during an interview reported Saturday on Israeli Channel 10’s website, content portal Mako, which acts as a gateway to Israeli media outlets and websites.

Mako also incorporated footage of the event in the northern city of Afula, during which the former military affairs chief was seen describing an occasion in which Syria-based ISIS terrorists had fired into the Golan Heights.

Golan is a Syrian territory, which Tel Aviv has been occupying since 1967 and lays claim on it as its own property. Save some rare alleged rocket attacks from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, for which ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility and have not resulted in any human injury or losses, the group has generally refused to target either Israel or the territories under its occupation.

However, Ya’alon said, after opening fire on Golan, ISIS served Tel Aviv with a quick apology, pointing to the alliance between the two, and also suggesting that the group had agreed not to target Israeli interests in line with the rapport.

“On most occasions, firing comes from regions under the control of the (Syrian) regime. But once the firing came from ISIS (ISIS) positions–and it immediately apologized,” he said.

Israeli media outlets, meanwhile, refused to report on the ISIS strike, probably because of either a media blackout or military censorship, reported Tikun Olam, a Seattle-based liberal blog dedicated to outing “the excesses of the Israeli national security state,” which also reported Ya’alon’s remarks.

“In the midst of complaining about the Islamist threat to Israel and the world, Bibi (Benjamin) Netanyahu (Israel’s prime minister) conveniently forgets that his own country enjoys a tacit alliance with ISIS in Syria,” said New York-born Dr. Richard Silverstein, who runs the blog. “It is an alliance of convenience to be sure,” he added.

According to him, Ya’alon has been speaking more candidly about the inner workings of the regime since falling out with Netanyahu and being replaced by successor Avigdor Lieberman.

“But he did reveal how closely tied Israel is to ISIS in Syria,” wrote the blogger, who has also documented Israeli collaboration with al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syria branch, which has rebranded itself.

In June 2015, the blog published a story reporting on Israel’s interventions in the foreign-backed militancy in Syria in favor of anti-Damascus militants.

It said Tel Aviv and al-Nusra had forged an alliance, featuring the former’s building camps for terrorists and their families in Israel-held territory, holding regular meetings with terrorist commanders, and providing military and other critical supplies to them.

The report incorporated a video showing Israel’s provision of medical assistance to the terrorists who had been wounded in Syria.

It also cited an incident in which locals had intercepted one Israeli ambulance carrying two wounded ISIS forces, forcing the medics to flee and beating up one of the terrorists to death. The other was also seriously injured when the regime’s forces intervened to saved him.

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Trump and Nixon: A lesson not learned by the U.S. left

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Trump and Nixon: A lesson not learned by the U.S. left

The radical, leftist trajectory of the grassroots resistance movement of the 1960’s and early 1970’s was brought to a screeching halt as a result of “Watergate” when a coalition of right wing and liberal bourgeois political factions in Congress united to bring down Richard Nixon in 1974.

Rather than leading a mass movement against Nixon and the system, the progressive sector of society was reduced to the status of spectators watching the sanctimonious, corrupted, reactionary, elite politicians of both parties rant and rave about Nixon’s wrongdoings. Liberals could sit at home and cheer on as pro-imperialist and racist politicians (aka “elected officials”) united to topple the hated Nixon.

The radical left, those who had been in the forefront of the struggles for peace and justice, completely lost the leadership of the anti-Nixon movement.

It was the FBI, or elements from within the FBI, that brought down Nixon. Mark Felt, the number two person after J. Edgar Hoover, was the “deep throat” source for Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward whose articles led to the congressional investigation and eventual resignation of Nixon.

The FBI had its own reasons for hating Nixon. Since the FBI was then and still is the main spy agency leading the charge against socialists, progressives and Black liberation fighters, their opposition to Nixon had nothing to do with any “progressive” cause.

Today, following Trump’s firing of James Comey, the Democratic Party and scores of liberal organizations that function as its happily wagging tail are closing ranks behind their call for a special prosecutor to “protect our democracy” from the Russian menace. Suddenly, James Comey, Mr. FBI himself, appears in the stream of diatribes from the mass media and official liberalism as the martyred champion of “our democracy” and “rule of law.” Comey unexpectedly appears as the one man who could have exposed the Russian takeover of America.

We are told that Trump fired him in a Nixon-like cover-up of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — as if Comey was the one person who had the goods on Russia and Trump knew that by firing him he would silence Comey and the FBI investigation would suddenly go away. Without our White Knight, James Comey, “our beloved FBI” would not be able to do its job in this life-and-death investigation that will finally prove that it was the Russians who tipped the scales in the swing states of the Rust Belt in the direction of Trump on Election Day.

The vile hypocrisy, vapidness and base partisan politics — not to mention the obvious stupidity — of this whole affair could not be more apparent.

If Hillary Clinton had become president she would have undoubtedly fired James Comey who she blamed for her unexpected defeat in the 2016 election. Clinton could have convincingly claimed that if it were not for the Electoral College, a relic from the political institutions of slavery, she would be president after winning the popular vote by more than 3 million. But she did not do that. Instead she blamed Comey first for her defeat. The Russians came in a close second.

All of her supporters in the corporate-owned mainstream media would have supported the firing of Comey, who they have been pillorying as untrustworthy and unsuited for the position of FBI Director.

But now that Donald Trump fired Comey, the entire Democratic Party establishment and the capitalist-owned media has completely changed its tune, calling the dismissal a great travesty of democracy and justice, even a “constitutional crisis.”

Trump’s utter failure as a political leader, his narcissism, superficiality and hot-headed arrogance make him an easy target. Trump is such a fool that he actually expected the Democratic Party elites to cheer for the firing of Comey because they had all been denouncing the FBI Director. In February, the New York Times editorial board itself said “Comey, the embattled F.B.I. director, can’t be trusted to be a neutral investigator” in the FBI’s Russia proceedings.

The fact that parts of the progressive left could become the enraptured defenders of the FBI chief indicates their absolute bankruptcy. It is one more piece of evidence that the label “left” has virtually no meaning in the United States.

Comey was the number one cop in the United States. It was he who coined the derisive phrase “The Ferguson Effect,” by which he meant that the the police’s range of actions would now be limited by the remarkable Movement for Black Lives to hold police accountable for their routine executions and racist violence.

One big difference between Watergate and Russia-gate

Unlike the Russia-gate investigation, the Watergate investigation was based on an actual criminal act that Nixon and the Republicans covered up. Republican Party operatives broke into Democratic National Committee offices in June 1972 to plant recording devices.

The burglars didn’t get away in time and were arrested. It turned out their actions were part of a larger Republican Party undercover operation that was dubbed as “The Plumbers.”

The allegations that Trump colluded with the Russians, or even that the Russian government hacked the Democratic Party email servers, is not only as yet unproven — but not one single hard fact has been offered.

In fact, these allegations, for which there has been no evidence provided whatsoever so far, come originally from the FBI.

It was the FBI that told the Democratic National Committee that its email servers had been compromised by “Russian hackers.” The DNC seized on the allegation to blame the Russians for the revelations proving that they had stacked the deck against Bernie Sanders in the nomination process. Yet they repeatedly told the FBI that they would not give the agency access to their e-mail server to carry out a forensic investigation.

If the DNC was the target of a Russian hack why wouldn’t they cooperate with the FBI? And in such a serious case, presumably affecting the national security of the country, why didn’t Comey and the FBI demand that the Democratic Party cooperate? The FBI could certainly have subpoenaed that server given the grave nature of the allegation — that a major foreign power was directly attempting to manipulate the U.S. presidential election.

But the FBI instead allowed CrowdStrike, a privately owned Democratic Party-aligned cybersecurity firm, to provide the evidence that it was “the Russians” who did it. CrowdStrike is owned by Dmitri Alperovitch, who is Russian and a virulent opponent of Putin.

Shouldn’t progressives stop and think about that? It’s worthwhile to stop for a moment in the middle of this witch hunt and remember how it all started. It’s important because a witch hunt is an expression of frenzy. Without facts or evidence, those in the frenzy demand everyone accept their fundamental premise. Anyone who defies the conforming assumption becomes a witch themselves.

There are a thousand urgent reasons to fight Trump — to stand up to his racism and sexism, to defend health care coverage, stop his corporate giveaways, oppose his reckless militarism, save and expand environmental protections, stand up for immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, among others. The beginnings of a powerful grassroots movement to do precisely that have already appeared, but the Democratic establishment now threatens to sabotage such potential by channeling the popular anger against Trump in the most reactionary, hawkish direction, and fighting Trump with special prosecutor on the basis of “national security” and “treason”.

The racist billionaire oligarchs and war-hawks that Trump has fully empowered do not come from Russia, and their war on the public sector and poor and working-class people is no Russian plot. This has been their program for decades and it won’t be reversed or overthrown by any special prosecutor, or by replacing Trump with Pence or Ryan.

The People’s Congress of Resistance initiative offers a way forward for those who want to fight the Trump regime on the basis of independent politics, to organize the people to defend their communities and interests, to offer real resistance to the Trump regime’s class war.

Nixon was gone after Watergate, but with the grassroots radical movement in rapid decline, the corporate ruling class — having disposed of the villain Nixon — launched a decades-long war that eviscerated people’s rights and living conditions. It is time to learn the lesson of Watergate.

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Movement must resist Trump and DNC elites, not join anti-Russia witch-hunt

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Movement must resist Trump and DNC elites, not join anti-Russia witch-hunt

Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey escalates the already intense struggle in Washington within the top segments of the U.S. ruling elite. Trump made a major political blunder, drawing more fire to his administration’s greatest political vulnerability, and it will likely lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor. This turn of events could quickly escape the control of his administration.

Trump is paying the price for his personalistic approach to the presidency. If he would do the job of the executive as outlined by Karl Marx — “managing the common affairs of the bourgeoisie,” not just his own interests — he would be enjoying the wide support of the ruling class today. But Trump has surrounded himself with yes-people and he has the authoritarian temperament common among billionaire CEOs, demanding unquestioning personal loyalty from his functionaries. Comey was a thorn in his side, an independent operator who publicly challenged his assertions and Tweets. He refused to pledge such loyalty and fall in line, and could have become a larger problem down the road. So he had to go.

In fact, Trump should have been able to work well with Comey, a careerist without principle or conviction and no apparent political loyalties — except to himself and to his class.

Look at his record. As a Bush appointee, Comey signed off on waterboarding — but then was smart enough to distance himself from that administration’s extreme defense of torture. As an Obama appointee he spoke often about racial justice, Dr. King and police reform. But he then said nothing when his next boss, Jeff Sessions, the sworn enemy of Coretta Scott King, tore up all that work. In between his government appointments, Comey worked as lead attorney and senior vice-president for Lockheed Martin, a leading weapons’ maker, before moving on to serve major hedge funds and big banks.

Comey’s actions during the summer of 2016 earned him the praise of Democratic operatives and the hatred of the Republican right. But shortly before the election he helped Trump with his famous reopening of the Clinton email investigation. Trump rewarded him with the maintenance of his job. Nearly 100 former federal prosecutors and Department of Justice officials condemned Comey’s actions. The Democratic establishment that praised him months earlier mercilessly attacked his credibility.

Now the situation has reversed once again. Republican officials are back to blaming Comey for his conduct last summer, while Democratic leaders are back to praising him as a crusader for justice struck down in pursuit of the truth. From both sides these presentations are absurd, requiring major amnesia to be believed.

No such thing as ‘independent’ law enforcement

The positions of Attorney General and FBI Director have always been supremely political. Anyone who believes that before Trump these were administrative positions, filled with noble civil servants in search of justice, has been watching too many cop shows. These law enforcement leaders generally pursue the political priorities of those who appointed them.

At the state and local levels across the country, District Attorney positions are stepping stones for aspiring politicians — and they choose their criminal investigations and prosecutions accordingly.

“Law enforcement” never operates neutrally but as a political weapon — as part of the struggle over power, and to protect the exploitative social order as it currently exists. In this legal system, poor and working class people are criminalized. The landlords, corporate executives and bankers never go to prison when they commit crimes against the people — only when they swindle each other.

This continued in the Obama administration’s Department of Justice, which did not criminally prosecute the bankers who defrauded and destroyed the lives of millions of working-class people. It only went after the few bankers who made the error of cheating other rich investors.

The capitalist state even is selective in how it prosecutes the crime of murder. In the last eight years there were no federal charges against any of the racist killer cops who stole the lives of innocent Black and Latino people. There was no effort to halt the execution of Troy Davis, murdered by the State of Georgia.

The FBI, which for decades functioned like the personal army of J. Edgar Hoover, and carried out massive repression against the Black freedom movement in particular, never really changed. Under the last Democratic administration, the FBI helped coordinate the nationwide crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement and conducted massive surveillance against Black Lives Matter.

When it comes to killing for the Empire, legal pretenses likewise go out the window. The Republican-led House harped on Hillary Clinton’s Libya emails only because it was politically useful to show her as “soft” on terror. They did not care about the pack of lies she delivered to justify that criminal invasion that killed tens of thousands of Libyans and destroyed the state.

Neither party seriously considers the White House’s maintenance of a “kill list” a constitutional or law enforcement issue. With this list, the president can order the assassination on sight via drone of a target wherever they are in the world. Such assassinations violate national and international laws. The whistleblowers who exposed some of these crimes, rather than their perpetrators, went to prison.

Even when Trump unleashed his illegal and unilateral bombing of a sovereign nation of Syria — without even the pretense of Congressional or UN approval — there was no FBI investigation into this crime. Most of the Democrats now attacking Trump praised this military action. They asked that he prove his commitment to the struggle against Russia by going further.

Trump’s corruption and the ‘Russia connection’

Trump’s family is undoubtedly corrupt. It is safe to assume the entanglement of their financial and business interests with foreign governments goes deep. Trump is undoubtedly a tax-dodger and a crook. He practically flaunts it. But after all, he stands at the intersection of two notoriously criminal worlds — real estate and politics.

But honestly, no major U.S. presidential candidate could survive real scrutiny into their financial dealings and communications. If the machinery of the state, which now includes the full-spectrum surveillance of the NSA and CIA, turned on any of them, it would uncover a whole world of bribery, scandal and deception. The structure of electoral politics ensures such corruption. It requires incredible sums of money to run and then the maintaining of rich backers to hold onto one’s office. That money doesn’t come free.

Clinton’s leaked emails have never been conclusively linked to Russia, or to the Russian government. Nor was the leak that novel — the whole game of modern electoral politics is to dig up dirt which compromises one’s opponent. The leaked emails proved the clear bias of the DNC against Sanders, which was not exactly groundbreaking. It also showed that Clinton’s team “elevated” Trump because it preferred him as an opponent.

There is no evidence that those emails from July tipped the election either. Clinton’s approval ratings and advantage were scarcely affected by their release when it happened. She was up by 10 points after Trump’s disgusting Hollywood Access recording in October. Clinton lost important swing states by failing to inspire the Democratic Party base and connect with economically devastated sectors and areas, some of which she did not even visit.

It is likely that Gen. Mike Flynn, then the incoming national security chief, came to some understanding in December with the Russian ambassador about the easing of sanctions. Again, the people who think that this is exceptional — as if presidential campaigns and incoming administrations do not start striking deals before they formally take over — have serious delusions about the workings of politics. What was exceptional was that Flynn lied about it to his own superiors. This made him an easy target for the CIA, an agency that opposes any Russia reorientation and records the Russian ambassadors’ conversations as a matter of course.

Most of the Trump team’s purported “collusion” with Russia amounts to rather standard contacts with a foreign government. Trump was open throughout the campaign that he wanted to reorient U.S. policy towards Russia — which would indeed have signified a seismic shift in geopolitics, and would have had dramatic ramifications on crisis flashpoints such as Syria and Ukraine. In this context is it really surprising that his subordinates and team would have developed Russian contacts and back-channels? Why is every conversation with a Russian suddenly proof of foreign control?

In any case, the Russia realignment died almost as soon as Trump came into office — CIA-CNN-DNC pressure campaign after the election made sure of that. The administration changed its tone and then doubled down on the new Cold War when it bombed Syria in March. Giving the hawkish Pentagon generals full control over foreign policy, the Trump administration has signified a ramping up, not a dialing back, of militarism.

Russia card helps DNC control the movement against Trump

But as a political card, the Russia connection remains particularly convenient to the DNC and its associated liberal organizations such as MoveOn. It taps into a long-held and well-indoctrinated prejudice — fear of Russians — while directing the struggle against Trump into channels they can more easily control: investigative committees, special prosecutors, and made-for-tv intrigue.

If the struggle against Trump were, by contrast, directed on the basis of defending immigrants, saving Medicaid, taxing the rich, stopping the militarization of the police, and so on, then the Democratic elite would be forced to face their own record. The movement would hold the Democrats accountable for their own policies in Congress and in the cities and states where they govern.

The Russia card gives the Democratic leadership a strategy to weaken or potentially bring down Trump — as their base wants — without actually meeting the demands from below to move the party in a more left-wing, progressive direction. The anti-Russia campaign gives cover in fact to the maintenance of a right-wing, neoconservative foreign policy, and domestically the promotion of the FBI and the CIA.

The main question is what to do when the ruling class factions resort to sharper in-fighting, utilizing state institutions and the media to bring each other down and to reveal each other’s scandals. The natural tendency is for the people to get so caught up in the twisting intrigue they become political spectators and mere media consumers, soaking in the drama and rooting for their favorite characters as if this were House of Cards or Game of Thrones. The challenge for class-conscious workers and resisters is to overcome this passivity — to actively intervene in their own interests, rather than become ground troops for either elite faction.

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